Champion powwow dancer and full-blooded Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Reg Pettibone and his family performed an engaging cultural program that amazed, entertained and educated the audience at Houghton Elementary on December 13. Pettibone treated students, parents, faculty and visitors to two performances to celebate Native American culture.
Pettibone’s Native American Dance-Cultural Program draws on his traditional upbringing to provide the audience with a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, stories and audience participation and a hands-on artifact display.
“Houghton Elementary is excited to have locally renowned champion dancer Reg Pettibone and his family perform for our students,” said Tricia Fitzsimons, assembly manager for the Douglass Houghton Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). “The interactive performance is a fun, engaging way to teach our youth about Native American culture and its past through the power of music and dance.”
“It is a great privilege to perform and share the Native American culture with the students, “ said Pettibone. “I really love to present and tell the stories of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The staff, PTA and students of Houghton Elementary were the best!”
The event was funded in part by the Douglass Houghton PTA and a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.
Houghton Elementary is located at 8080 Elizabeth Lake Road in White Lake, Mich. The school can be reached at 248.698.9230. For more information, visit www.waterford.k12.mi.us.
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